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Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey

Adopt a Dog

Adoption Appointments

We appreciate the outpouring of support from those who are looking to open up their home to a shelter pet. We never expected the huge numbers of those looking to adopt during this pandemic. We originally thought the Waitlist would be a way to quickly get updates out to just those individuals on the Waitlist, but have realized that the Updates posted on are not private and aren’t being sent via email to anyone on the waitlist and individuals are not being notified of a new update.  We apologize as this was overlooked on our end when we created the Waitlist.  We will be posting new adoption appointment dates in the future so please refer to for open appointments.  Appointments are currently full but there may be times where an individual removes themselves and the appointment opens up so please check Signup Genius often.”

Adopting Dogs and Puppies

All Dogs and Puppies are:

  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Dewormed (often the first in a series of treatments that should be completed by the adoptive family)
  • Heartworm tested
  • Treated for fleas
  • Up to date with age appropriate vaccinations (for puppies, the first in a series of vaccinations that should be completed by the adoptive family through their veterinarian)
  • Microchipped. All dogs and puppies come identified with a unique, permanent microchip. Microchip registration is included in the adoption.
  • Receive one free month of Pet Health Insurance

Dogs must go home with a metal buckle collar or martingale collar, a non-retractable leash and an ID tag which can all be purchased at the shelter office.


Puppies six months and younger: $350.00
Small and Toy-sized dogs (all ages, under 20 lbs): $300.00
Dogs older than six months: $250.00

Please note: Adoption Fees changed on 7/1/20


Tuesday through Friday 12pm- 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 12pm- 5pm

*Please note that all animal meets will stop being conducted a half hour before we close daily.

Thank you to our Adoption Program Partners